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The Passing of a Legend, Hero, Mentor & Inspiration: Chief Alan Brunacini
The sudden, unexpected death of Alan “Bruno” Brunacini Sunday hit me like a ton of bricks as I am sure it did many of my colleagues in EMS and the fire service. He was one of those bigger than life leaders that you thought would live forever. He presented the eulogy at the funeral of James O. Page, the founder of JEMS and one of his closest friends. He made us laugh at a time when we all wanted to cry. He showed us hope at a time of great despair, when we thought our world was hopelessly changed and empty. He told us that life must go on, and it will go on, because of the legacy Jim left behind and the principl...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Get Ahead of Stroke Campaign Debuts App to Help EMS Assess Stroke Severity
Fairfax, Va. — The Get Ahead of Stroke campaign has debuted an app to help EMS first responders transport and triage patients quickly to stroke centers equipped to treat severe strokes. Called Stroke Scales for EMS, the app is designed to assist first responders in assessing stroke severity in emergency situations and, in cases of severe stroke, transport patients to neuroendovascular-ready stroke facilities. “Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability nationwide. This app will help first responders quickly and accurately identify cases of severe stroke so they can transport patients to appropriate treat...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Get Ahead of Stroke Campaign Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Patient Care Communications Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

ESO Solutions Honored as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in America
AUSTIN, TX – ESO Solutions, Inc., a leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and hospitals, announced that it has been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine, the fifth straight year that it has received the honor. In being named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list, ESO is honored among private U.S.-based companies that demonstrate the highest growth over a three-year period. “The rapid growth we’ve experienced is the result of many factors, but I’m particularly proud of the expert...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Family, Friends Remember Minn. EMT Killed in Semi Crash
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The family of Marina Challeen, the 24-year-old paramedic killed when her ambulance crashed with a semi on Interstate 694, told Fox 9 she was a “champion of the underdog” who would help anyone who needed it. She will be remembered as a good person, who loved comic books and Star Trek. “You cannot say goodbye to somebody like Marina,” the family said in a statement. “She was accepting of people for who they were, looked for the best in everybody and loved to share and celebrate that best. She had a love of helping and healing people and for listening. You cannot say...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fox9/KMSP Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Emergency Reporting Releases New Resources to Help Fire and EMS Agencies Choose the Right RMS
Bellingham, Wash. – Emergency Reporting (ER), the leader in cloud-based Fire and EMS records management and prevention software, has launched a new series of demo webinars and released a comparison checklist resource to assist fire departments and EMS agencies in their search for a better records management system (RMS). The software comparison “cheat sheet” gives fire and EMS agencies a fast, easy way to compare their existing software to other RMS providers and determine if it’s still the best fit for their changing needs. Emergency Reporting’s cloud-based software has been deemed “the...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Emergency Reporting Tags: Training Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Beyond Lucid Technologies Announces Deployment of the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange
CONCORD, CA; ROGERS, AR; and DENVER: Beyond Lucid Technologies (“BLT”), a software company that has been called “Silicon Valley’s Emergency Medical Technology Experts,” is excited to announce the deployment of the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange, at five hospitals in three key markets for Fire & EMS innovation: Napa County, California; Benton County, Arkansas; and Denver, Colorado.  In pipeline are hospitals in Minnesota, Texas, Indiana, and South Carolina, in conjunction with Beyond Lucid Technologies’s fire and EMS partner-clients who transport to hospi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Beyond Lucid Technologies Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

National Trauma Institute Appoints Priority Ambulance ’s Dennis Rowe to Board of Directors
The National Trauma Institute (NTI) recently elected five new members to its Board of Directors, including Priority Ambulance Director of New Business Integration Dennis Rowe who will serve as the liaison member from the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT). NTI is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for increased federal funding for trauma research and research infrastructure to reduce death and disability. Rowe currently serves as president of NAEMT. He began involvement with NAEMT in 1976 rising soon to board and leadership positions. NAEMT is the recognized leader in advancing the profession of emergency a...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Addressing Boston's 'Methadone Mile' and Other Drug Havens
BOSTON (AP) — A young woman crouches on a dusty strip of grass alongside a busy Boston thoroughfare and plunges a needle into her arm. Around the corner, a couple stands zombie-like in the middle of the sidewalk, oblivious to passing pedestrians on a muggy morning. Farther down the road, a man injects heroin into another man's hand beside a gas station convenience store. "It's hard to be out here and not be high, you know," said Jamie Allison, a 36-year-old woman with telltale black needle marks on her arms, shrugging as she took in the milieu from her curbside perch. "You need something just to get th...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Philip Marcelo, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

ImageTrend Expands Open Platform Data Sharing
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the expansion of its Open Platform data sharing through ImageTrend Health Information Hub (HIH). This industry-leading expansion enables EMS agencies to interchange data and transfer ePCR incidents with agencies using any NEMSIS version 3 certified system, breaking down the software-specific barriers that previously prevented local and regional partners from sharing encounter data. "The ability to obtain and transfer patient health data between agencies – regardless of which vendor they document their ePCRs in – is ground breaking,” commented Mike McBrady...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend, Inc. Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Puckett EMS Personnel Honored by Cobb County Chamber of Commerce During Public Safety Appreciation Week
Three Puckett EMS employees were honored for performing critical patient care in extraordinary circumstances at the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Award Breakfast on Oct. 2. The Public Safety Recognition Awards recognize public safety personnel’s daily efforts to keep the community a safe and thriving place and tell stories of the heroic actions of local law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire department and emergency communications professionals. “At Puckett EMS, we know that our success begins with the excellent men and women who are on the front lines providing care to our co...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Puckett EMS Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

ESO Solutions acquires Conduent Incorporated ’s FIREHOUSE Software
Austin, TX  -- ESO Solutions, Inc., the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, announced today it has acquired the FIREHOUSE Software business and suite of records emergency management products from Conduent Government Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Conduent, Incorporated. In addition, ESO Solutions has hired all of Conduent’s employees on the FIREHOUSE team. The FIREHOUSE Software acquisition further accelerates ESO Solutions’ growth into the healthcare and fire service software and data sectors. With the acquisition, ESO will now...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions, Inc. Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

NIH Releases New Online Tool to Support Alcohol Abuse Treatment
WASHINGTON (AP) — The phone calls come — from fellow scientists and desperate strangers — with a single question for the alcohol chief at the National Institutes of Health: Where can my loved one find good care to get sober? Tuesday, the government is releasing a novel online tool to help — directories of alcohol treatment providers paired with key questions patients should ask for a better shot at high-quality care. "Most people think treatment is detox for 28 days or Alcoholics Anonymous. There's a vast in-between," said George Koob, director of NIH's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Nine Tips for Making a Good Impression with Your Patient
Making a good first impression is essential to establishing positive rapport with your patient. Within the first few seconds of that encounter, most patients will make a value judgment about whether they like you and whether they think you're competent to care for them. You don't get a second chance to make a great first impression! Studies show that people, including patients, are most likely to remember the beginning and the end of an encounter. This is called the "serial positioning effect." That's why, in addition to a positive first impression, a positive ending encounter with the patient is also very i...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen R. Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Remembering Visionary Boston EMS Captain Bob 'Sarge' Haley
I write this Editor's page with a very heavy heart, having learned of the passing of a great friend and colleague, Captain Bob "Sarge" Haley who developed EMS special operations not only in Boston, but nationwide. It's somewhat ironic that Bob passed away on the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, as it was one of many disasters he responded to, along with Hurricane Katrina. Thirty-five years ago, when EMS was in its infancy, Bob was a pioneer in the training of new EMTs. Throughout the years, his innovative approach to training helped to mold hundreds of EMTs and paramedics into well-rounded, skilled clinician...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

NYC EMT Who Contracted HIV While On Duty Honored 20 Years After Death
EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) — Twenty years after the city of New York turned its back on Tracy Allen Lee, the FDNY emergency medical technician was honored Monday for the selfless act that ultimately took her life. In November of 1989, Lee was barely two years into her career when she treated a patient with Aids while responding to a call. She accidentally suffered a cut to her thumb which made contact with the blood of her patient. It would be nearly five years later when she tested positive for HIV, becoming the first EMT worker in the city to contract the HIV virus while on the job. Read more... (Source: JEMS A...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 29, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Ramos, PIX11 Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

FUJIFILM SonoSite strengthens European organisation
The new European structure sees Torsten Walther promoted to European Sales Director, working with the local sales teams to ensure a comprehensive and responsive service for both new and existing customers. Torsten commented: “There have been many developments in POC ultrasound in the past 10 years, most notably the rise in ultrasound-guided interventions and emergency diagnostics. Our aim is to be at the forefront of these growth areas, providing technologically advanced and practical solutions that fit seamlessly into patient management for improved outcomes.” Volker Keller, newly appointed as European Marketi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Fla. Paramedic Involved in "Selfie War" Sentenced
  OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One of the two former Okaloosa County paramedics involved in a "selfie war" learned his fate Tuesday. In May of 2016, 33-year-old Christopher Wimmer and 23-year-old Kayla Dubois were arrested for taking pictures and videos of patients in the back of their ambulances. According to the Oklaoosa County Sheriff's Office, 41 patients were identified. Many were sedated or unconscious at the time. Wimmer was charged with seven felony charges and a misdemeanor battery charge. Read more... (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Danielle Ellis, WJHG Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Carnegie Hero Fund Commission Recognizes 18 Individuals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Army veteran who fended off a mentally ill man who tried to attack a chess class the veteran was teaching at an Illinois public library is one of 18 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, announced the winners on Tuesday. James O. Vernon, 75, was in a conference room at the Morton Public Library with 17 children and four women when 19-year-old Dustin Brown burst in with two large knives on Oct. 13, 2015. "He actually ran into the room yelling, 'I'm going to kill some people,'" Vernon told the Pekin Daily News days a...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joe Mandak, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Ada County Paramedics Launches New Website
BOISE, ID, September, 12, 2017 – Ada County Paramedics recently unveiled a newly designed website to provide a more-seamless online experience for patients, Ada County residents and Ada County Paramedics employees alike. Ada County Paramedics’ Communication Specialist, Hadley Mayes, who managed the redesign, said being forward-thinking in healthcare as well as in the organization’s online presence is important for a public safety agency like Ada County Paramedics. “We’re always striving for excellence, whether it be our patient care or through our many interactions with the community,” M...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Sets New Precedent for Emergency Care Using Mobile Technology
BOZEMAN, MT -- Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death in the U.S., with close to 800,000 cases each year. The outcome can be devastating, and every delay in care impacts a stroke survivor’s chance at a full recovery. To minimize those delays and make emergency communication more efficient, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, has partnered with several local EMS services to begin using the healthcare communication platform, Pulsara. PeaceHealth Southwest is the first hospital on the west coast to use Pulsara, and the first in the nation to use the company's Prehospital Alerting Pa...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Pulsara Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Officials Break Ground on Monument Celebrating 9/11 EMS Responders
KEANSBURG, NJ -- Approximately 125 people attended the Sept. 10 groundbreaking ceremony here for the EMS Council of New Jersey’s (EMSCNJ) 9/11 memorial, which will feature a piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center. The monument -- the only one in the USA dedicated exclusively to all the emergency medical services personnel who responded that day -- will sit next to the borough’s existing 9/11 memorial on Beachway Avenue. EMSCNJ and Keansburg officials collaborated on the project. Ceremony participants and guests included: EMSCNJ President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. of Neptune; Keansburg Borough Mayor George H...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS Council of New Jersey Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

LDV, Inc. Reinforces Commitment to Mobile Medical Vehicle Market
Burlington, Wis. -- LDV, Inc., an industry-leading specialty vehicle manufacturer, deepened its commitment today to the mobile medical vehicle (MMV) market through the creation of a MMV-specific team of employees and a dedicated blog on the company’s website. Leveraging 40 years of technical knowledge, product integration expertise and consultative skills in the specialty vehicle industry, the mobile medical team will primarily focus on delivering durability, reliability and aesthetics for an optimal patient experience. LDV, Inc.’s monthly blog updates will highlight best practices and serve as a source of know...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: LDV, Inc. Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

A Global Anti-Human Trafficking Event
On October 14, a fundraising and awareness event called #WalkForFreedom will take place in hundreds of cities across 50 nations. The purpose of the walk, operated by a global anti-human trafficking organization called A21, is to raise awareness about the millions of men, women, and children who are still trapped in slavery today. By fundraising and rallying thousands of people around the cause, the belief is that this event will be the catalyst for the rescue and restoration of human beings who are being exploited as commodities. Walk For Freedom is distinctly recognized by its participants who are in single-file lines, we...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A21 Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

ESO Announces Release of ePCR Buying Guide
Austin, TX -- ESO Solutions, Inc., a leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, announced today that it has released “7 Secrets of Smart ePCR Buyers,” a free educational resource to help EMS software buyers make the best decision for their agencies’ patient documentation software. “Years ago, ePCRs were basically electronic versions of old paper forms, and choosing the best system for an EMS agency’s needs was straightforward,” said Kenny Schnell, Vice President and General Manager of ESO’s Electronic Health Record product ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

N.Y. Governor Expands Sick Leave Benefits for 9/11 First Responders
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation that expands unlimited paid sick leave benefits for 9/11 first responders. First responders to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, who later developed an illness as a result, could now be eligible for unlimited paid sick leave. “When the towers came down, those big clouds that people breathed in, there may be people who ran from that scene, who may be diagnosed with the 9/11 disease and not even know it yet,” Clifton Park Fire Chief Art Hunsinger said. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lexi Nahl, News 10 Tags: Major Incidents News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Dallas First Responders Climb 110 Flights in Honor of Fallen 9/11 Responders
Dallas (Fox4 News) -- More than 500 first responders remembered those who died on September 11, 2001, two days before the 16th anniversary of the national tragedy. The men and women wore full gear as they scaled Renaissance Tower in Downtown Dallas, and carried with them the name and picture of a first responder who died on 9/11. Renaissance Tower is 55 stories tall, half the height of the Twin Towers, so the first responders made the trip twice. At the finish, the first responders rang a bell as each fallen hero was remembered by name. “I just think 'there’s somebody at the top I’m trying to ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FOX4 News.com Staff Tags: Major Incidents News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Redivus Health recognized by Fast Company 2017 Innovation by Design Awards with Honorable Mention in Health category
NEW YORK & OLATHE, Kan. (Sept. 11, 2017) — The winners of Fast Company’s prestigious Innovation by Design Awards were announced today on FastCoDesign.com (https://www.fastcodesign.com/innovation-by-design/2017). Kansas City’s Redivus Health received an Honorable Mention in the Health category. All of the honorees are featured in the October issue of the print magazine, available at newsstands Sept. 19. “Making the Fast Company Innovation by Design list in the same year we launched our first mobile clinical decision support platform is phenomenal,” says Dr. Jeff Dunn, Redivus H...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Revidus Health Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Text-to-911 Trailblazer BVCOG Deploys NICE Inform Text Recording Solution
Hoboken, N.J.  – NICE (Nasdaq:NICE) announced today that the Brazos Valley Council of Governments' (BVCOG) seven 9-1-1 centers are deploying NICE Inform to record and manage reproduction requests for all emergency calls, including Text-to-911 communications. NICE Inform goes beyond capturing 9-1-1 texts to enable PSAPs to search for, retrieve, export, save and share text conversations and associated metadata for investigations. Texts can also be combined with 9-1-1 and radio calls, screen recordings, GIS and CAD incident data, into comprehensive incident timelines. BVCOG has the distinction of being the first...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NICE Tags: Industry News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Emergency Reporting and First Due Size-Up Announce Integration and Partnership to Serve Fire and EMS Department Operations
Bellingham, Wash. – Emergency Reporting, a leader in cloud-based Fire and EMS records management and prevention software, announced today an integration and partnership with First Due Size-Up, a cloud-based platform solving data problems for fire department operations. The relationship is designed to deliver critical fire prevention and risk assessment data to personnel in the field resulting in safer operations and better incident outcomes. Detailed fire inspection and prevention data is combined with data from the assessor, building department, RMS, Google and more – on 100% of the residential and commercial ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Emergency Reporting Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

DXE Medical, Inc. Announces New Name
DUBLIN, Ohio – DXE Medical, Inc., a Sarnova company specializing in cardiac products, services and solutions, announced today that it is changing its name to Cardio Partners, Inc. The new name, effective today, is meant to reflect the company’s newly expanded cardiac preparedness service offering. DXE Medical specialized in distributing new and recertified emergency equipment and refurbishment services when Sarnova acquired the company in 2013. Since then, Sarnova has facilitated two more strategic acquisitions that expanded DXE’s cardiac care offering to include emergency preparedness consultation, ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Cardio Partners, Inc. Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

GD Named to the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies in America
Ridgefield, NJ – Inc. magazine ranked GD 2503 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. “As one of only about 50 digital health companies recognized, we are extremely...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: General Devices Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

ZOLL Announces Call for Presentations for Summit 2018
CHELMSFORD, MASS.— ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, today announced the call for presentations for SUMMIT 2018, which will take place in Denver, Colorado, May 8-10, 2018. Fire and EMS professionals who are interested in speaking should visit the Summit Presenter Page to review the guidelines and submit their presentation proposals. Submissions must be received by September 30, 2017 to be considered. This three-day conference offers opportunities to learn from and network with like-minded fire and EMS professionals from across the ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ZOLL Medical Corporation Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Study Examines Factors that Influence Patient Satisfaction
The Research Bogomolova S, Tan PJ, Dunn SP, et al. Understanding the factors that influence patient satisfaction with ambulance services. Health Mark Q. 2016;33(2):163–180. The Science This paper comes from data collected by the Council of Ambulance Authorities Inc., the professional organization representing 11 statewide ambulance services across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. They send annual surveys to a patientand/or their family who had emergent requests for EMS over a randomly selected two-month period. The response rate averages 30%. The satisfaction questions ask the re...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP Tags: Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

What Defines a High-Performing Healthcare System? Study Shows There's No Consensus.
A new study, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, found there is no consensus among healthcare stakeholders regarding what defines a high-performing healthcare delivery system.   Researchers identified articles defining high performance with respect to a healthcare system or organization in PubMed and WorldCat databases from 2005 to 2015 and the New York Academy of Medicine Grey Literature Report from 1999 to 2016. Read more...   High Performance .  It has become, to some extent, the term we love to hate in EMS.  “High Performance EMS” has been defined by ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

How to Integrate Electronic Patient Tracking into MCI Operations
Implementing electronic patient tracking in your EMS agency or fire department can be a challenge. Merely tracking patients in a mass casualty event using paper tags and forms can be overwhelming. This inherent difficulty, coupled with the use of unfamiliar technology, can be more of a deterrent than a tool to improve patient tracking. Some localities may have tried to implement patient tracking (or resist the idea) because they don't feel such a technology will be effective. By following some basic lessons, patient tracking technologies can be implemented and become a successful addition to your mass casualty incident (MC...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Daniel J. Neal, PhD Tags: Major Incidents Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Sunstar Paramedics Employee Receives Award from Florida EMS Educators
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Sunstar Paramedics employee Richard Romanek received the 2017 Preceptor of the Year award from the Florida Association of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Educators.   Romanek was honored for his dedication to mentoring St. Petersburg College students. As a preceptor, Romanek provides essential training for EMS students during their field internship at Sunstar.   “Richard is one of our best preceptors and certainly the most sought out preceptor with Sunstar,” said Rebecca Ludwig, Dean of Health Sciences at St. Petersb...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 30, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sunstar Paramedics Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

NJ EMS Volunteers, Keansburg Officials Plan Sept. 10 WTC Steel Monument Groundbreaking
KEANSBURG, NJ – Officials from the EMS Council of New Jersey (EMSCNJ) and Keansburg Borough are planning a 1 p.m. Sept. 10 groundbreaking in preparation for a memorial featuring a piece of World Trade Center steel. The monument will be the country’s first dedicated solely to the emergency medical services personnel who responded that day. The 88-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, doing business as the EMSCNJ, represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with nearly 300 EMS agencies throughout the state. It was among 1,132 organizations to be awarded an artifact from the Twin Towers rubble. Si...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 30, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS Council of New Jersey Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

ESO Announces 2018 Wave EMS Data Conference and National User Group Meeting in Austin, Texas, Feb. 1-2, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas – ESO Solutions, Inc., announced today that ESO Wave, its emergency medical services (EMS) data conference and user group meeting, will be held February 1-2, 2018, in Austin.  More than 500 leaders, medical directors, and technology and data officers are expected to gather to discuss trends in EMS and healthcare, and share best practices in EMS data analysis and data sharing between EMS and hospitals.  "In today's healthcare environment, data matters more than ever before, and EMS is playing a critical role," said Chris Dillie, President and CEO of ESO. "Wave...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 30, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

EMSCNJ to Honor Veterans During October Convention
PARSIPPANY, NJ – Registration continues for the EMS Council of New Jersey’s (EMSCNJ) Oct. 13-15 symposium and trade show at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, 199 Smith Road, Parsippany. The event will include nearly four dozen EMT education-credit seminars, trade show exhibits and vendors with the latest medical and rescue equipment, a Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Unit confined-space rescue demonstration, an antique ambulance display and contest, EMS-related merchandise booths, a Tricky Tray auction and 50/50 raffles, Friday night “American Country Buffet” and Saturday banquet with live entertainment...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 30, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS Council New Jersey Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

emsCharts is Approved to Submit NEMSIS 3.4 Data in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA – emsCharts, a leader in Electronic Patient Care Records (ePCR) and Fire Reporting for public safety professionals, is now officially connected and approved to submit NEMSIS 3 data to the State of Pennsylvania ahead of the September 1st deadline imposed on software vendors. For clarity: “emsCharts is officially connected and approved to submit live NEMSIS v3.4 data to Pennsylvania.” emsCharts, a subsidiary of Golden Hour, has been a national leader in NEMSIS compliance for the past 10-years. emsCharts helped lead NEMSIS Gold Certification (v2.2) many years ago. In addition, emsCharts ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: emsCharts Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Redivus Health Wins “Best in Show” Fierce Innovation Award
OLATHE, Kan. — Redivus Health announced today it has been selected as “Best in Show” for the Fiercest New Product/Service and as the winner of the Clinical Information Management category of the Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition 2017, a national healthcare industry awards program. “It’s an honor to be recognized by healthcare leaders with this prestigious award for the work we’re doing to reduce medical error and improve patient care,” says Dr. Jeff Dunn, founder and CEO. “We exist because everyone deserves safe and effective medical care. This award demonstrate...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Revidus Health Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

ESO Announces Addition of SafetyPAD to Its Product Portfolio
Austin, Texas -- ESO Solutions, Inc., a leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, announced today that it has completed a transaction to bring the people, software, and customers of oPEN Inc., maker of the SafetyPAD suite of software products, into its portfolio of products. SafetyPAD ePCR software is used to document prehospital patient care by agencies in many of the nation’s most populous cities. "Our commitment to improving community health through the power of data is shared by the oPEN Inc. team," said Chris Dillie, President and CEO of ESO. ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Blind 9/11 Survivor Delivers Compelling Keynote at 2017 National EMS Safety Summit
Michael Hingson, best-selling author and speaker, presented an inspirational talk at the National EMS Safety Summit on his 30 years in technology sales and management, his more than 50 years with guide dog partners and his survival of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He spoke about how to build a team on trust, using its strengths wisely, and harnessing the power of teamwork. Blind since birth, Hingson was presented with his first guide dog at the age of 14. The use of guide dogs allowed him to begin developing his skills in trust, teamwork, leadership and adaptation in adverse situations and...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

2017 National EMS Awards of Excellence Recipients Announced
Clinton, Miss., — NAEMT and EMS World are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 National EMS Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented during NAEMT’s General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and on Oct. 18, during EMS World Expo’s opening ceremony. We congratulate the following recipients and recognize their outstanding contributions to the EMS profession and the patients they serve: Terry Bottjen, Paramedic, Faith, South Dakota 2017 NAEMT/Nasco Paramedic of the Year, sponsored by Nasco Ryan Houser, EMT, Morristown, New Jersey 2017 NAEMT/Braun Industr...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NAEMT Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Emergency Reporting Partners with StreetWise Response Software for Fire and EMS Agencies
Bellingham, WA, – Emergency Reporting (ER), a leading provider of Fire & EMS records management software, is pleased to announce its new partnership with StreetWise response software, a leading producer of enroute software solutions. “The great thing about Emergency Reporting’s Platform is that, while we provide our customers with everything they need to run their agencies, our partners tie in other capabilities that meet the unique needs of each agency. It makes our system uniquely customizable, simple to plug in to the other software an agency is already utilizing, and highly flexible so that it fit...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Emergency Reporting Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Access Healthcare shortlisted for the Most Effective Recovery Award by the Business Continuity Institute
Dallas, TX, and Chennai India – The Business Continuity Institute, the world’s leading Institute for continuity and resilience, has today announced the shortlist for its annual BCI India Awards, a shortlist that includes Access Healthcare in the Most Effective Recovery category. The winners of the awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner and Ceremony to be held in Bengaluru on September 8th, 2017. Access Healthcare, a leading provider of end-to-end healthcare revenue cycle and information technology services, has been shortlisted for the Effective Recovery Award at the BCI India Awards. This achievement rec...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Access Healthcare Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Nation's Largest Pharmacy Benefit Manager Puts Limits on Opioid Prescriptions
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing criticism from the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S., which believes treatment plans should be left to doctors and their patients. About 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More tha...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jim Salter, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Where in the World of EMS are A.J. Heightman and Ryan Kelley?
The objective is to plan and coordinate future programs, projects and offerings for you, our readers, to help you take EMS to the next level of staffing, safety, education and operations. JEMS Sales representative Mike Shear, Managing Editor Ryan Kelley and Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, prepare for four days of intense meetings at the Margarita lounge. PennWell CEO Mark Wilmoth addresses the JEMS Editorial & Sales teams, along with other PennWell staff.  PennWell Vice President Paul Andrews, a seasoned EMS and Fire media specialist, addresses the JEMS/EMS TODAY Conference team and other PennWell staff on the...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

S.C. County Administrator Tells EMS Providers to "Kill Themselves" in Meeting
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS-TV) — Some EMS employees in South Carolina are complaining about work conditions to one of their bosses and say they are appalled by the response they have received. It is hard to believe a top leader of Richland County would tell his employees to commit suicide if they are unhappy, but that is exactly what assistant county administrator for public safety, Kevin Bronson, said on Thursday morning in a room full of about 100 EMS workers. Read more... (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Caroline Patrickis, WTAT/Fox24 Charleston Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

President Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. "The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it's a national emergency. We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," Trump told reporters during a brief question-and-answer session ahead of a security briefing Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. He said he'd be drawing up documents to f...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jill Covin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news